Trustworthy Clouds (TClouds) aims to build a prototype Internetscale ICT infrastructure which allows virtualized computing, network, and storage resources over the Internet to provide scalability and cost-efficiency. The following objectives contribute to achieving the overall goal:

  • Identifying and addressing the legal and business implications and opportunities of a widespread use of infrastructure clouds, contributing to building a regulatory framework for enabling resilient and privacy-enhanced cross-border infrastructure clouds.
  • Defining an architecture and prototype for securing infrastructure clouds by providing security enhancements that can be deployed on top of commodity infrastructure clouds (as a cloudof-clouds) and assessing the resilience and privacy benefits of security extensions of existing clouds.
  • Providing resilient middleware for adaptive security on the cloud-of-clouds. The TClouds platform will provide tolerance and adaptability to mitigate security incidents and unstable operating conditions for a range of applications running on such clouds-of-clouds.

To demonstrate TClouds, scientists will prototype two scenarios involving critical IT- systems:

  • A smart lighting control system with Portugal's leading energy and solution providers Energias de Portugal and EFACEC: TClouds will exhibit a public-infrastructure solution as part of the smart grid and show how to migrate it to a secure cloud. This increases the resilience against hardware failures, adds privacy protection and protects from hacker attacks and other security problems.
  • A patient-centric home healthcare service with San Raffaele Hospital in Milano, Italy: TClouds will demonstrate a cloud-supported solution that supports multiple different actors and remotely monitors, diagnoses and assists patients outside a hospital setting. The service respects security and privacy requirements and regulations governing patient data.